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ERIC Number: EJ939528
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0965-4283
The Impact of an Educational Intervention to Protect Women against the Influence of Media Images
Ogden, Jane; Smith, Lauren; Nolan, Helen; Moroney, Rachel; Lynch, Hannah
Health Education, v111 n5 p412-424 2011
Purpose: Media images of unrealistic beauty have been identified as a determinant of women's body dissatisfaction. This experimental study aims to explore whether the negative impact of such images could be reduced by a one-time educational intervention consisting of a presentation and discussion, teaching women to be critical of media images. Design/methodology/approach: Female psychology students (n=176) from a university in the UK were randomly assigned to the control or intervention group and completed measures of body dissatisfaction after being challenged by images of the perfect female body. Follow up data were collected four weeks later. Findings: The results suggested that the intervention had no immediate buffering effect on body dissatisfaction but participants in the intervention group showed a long-term improvement for confidence, attractiveness and body-parts dissatisfaction. Practical implications: This one-time intervention could be used to protect young women against the detrimental impact of media images in the longer term. Originality/value: This study provides an evidence base for the use of an educational intervention for young people in schools and colleges. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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